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Cowboys discussing options to hold joint practice during camp

The Cowboys and Rams held a joint practice during training camp in 2015.
The Cowboys and Rams held a joint practice during training camp in 2015. mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

Jason Garrett would prefer to hold a joint practice against an opposing team in training camp.

The Dallas Cowboys did it in 2014 against the Oakland Raiders and in 2015 against the Los Angeles Rams. They haven’t held joint practices the previous two years.

With preseason dates and times now set for 2018, the Cowboys are discussing possible options with a couple different teams.

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"Nothing is etched in stone," Garrett said Saturday from the Cowboys’ rookie minicamp. "One of the challenges is always making sure the schedules align. Us being out there [in Oxnard, California], there’s some travel that’s involved with that. We’ve hard some discussion. We may or may not do it this year depending on how the schedules work out for the couple teams we’ve talked to."

Garrett said the preference is to do a joint practice, if it can be arranged.

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The Cowboys weren’t too pleased with how the 2015 practice went with the Rams where several drills escalated into fights. The 2014 practice with the Raiders had heated moments, too, including a fan swinging a souvenir helmet at a fan.

"If it works out that we can do it with somebody, great," Garrett said. "If not, we’ll certainly embrace the practice day to help us get better."

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